Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Dr Stone Episode 4
Is episode 4 confirmation that Yuzuriha is simply decoration and hostage material? We get a hot springs scene where Taiju puts off confessing, again, proving that he hasn’t learned anything from delaying last time. We see her being protected by Taiju when the gunpowder goes boom. Then she literally gets taken hostage by Tsukasa. I have to say that Dr Stone isn’t doing a great job making her an actual character so far and that’s actually pretty disappointing.
As was Senku’s declaration that hitting rocks together wouldn’t generate a spark. And sure, if the only material in the rock is rock that might be the case but there were standing on a volcano and just common sense would indicate that anything that might potentially spark shouldn’t be used. Particularly when Senku already had a perfectly good wooden mallet he could have given Taiju. This seemed like a terrible lapse in judgement on Senku’s part and really just made me wonder about his common sense.
Of course, we did finally get an indication that these guys aren’t the only people in the world and I guess we’ll pursue that storyline later. It will be interesting to see who else has survived or woken up and how that came about.
But the focus, other than Senku’s scientific childhood, was definitely the showdown between Senku and Tsukasa. I will admit, for all that I’ve been poking holes at this episode, this clash of ideologies was actually fairly nicely handled and while we’re left wondering what the outcome actually is this section of the episode was reasonably good. If only Yuzuriha didn’t just stand there doing nothing.
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Images from: Dr Stone. Dir. I Shinya. TMS Entertainment. 2019.